Description: Blues center David Backes scored a goal versus the Hurricanes on Friday.
Insight: Backes gave St. Louis a, 2-0, lead just over three minutes into the game, but the Blues didn't score again. Carolina came back to tie it, and St. Louis won in a shootout, 3-2. Backes has 17 goals and 18 assists in 47 games this season.
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward played extremely well on Friday versus the Blues.
Insight: After starter Anton Khudobin allowed two goals on the first five shots of the game, Ward replaced Khudobin and stopped the bleeding. He actually did more than that as Ward did not allow another score, making 29 shots. Unfortunately, he didn't get the victory over Carolina lost in the shootout.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal in Friday's overtime victory in New Jersey.
Insight: New Jersey frustrated Pittsburgh all night, keeping them off the scoreboard for nearly 57 minutes despite the Penguins having the puck in the Devils zone for much of the game. The Penguins finally broke through on the power play when Kunitz drove home a loose puck in front of the net. Pittsburgh won in overtime, 2-1. Kunitz has 15 goals and 16 assists in 41 games this season.
Description: Devils goal Cory Schneider played an excellent game on Friday and nearly had a shutout, but he suffered for a home loss.
Insight: Schneider was less than four minutes away from a shutout versus the Penguins when Peter Harrold took a high-sticking penalty. Pittsburgh scored on the power play and then won in overtime. Schneider made 41 saves in the loss.
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winning shootout goal versus the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: That stat won't count towards the fantasy totals, but Shattenkirk did have eight shots on net and an assist in regulation and overtime. The Blues won, 5-4. Shattenkirk has eight goals and 32 assists with a plus-17 rating in 47 games this season.
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal against the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: Schwartz got the scoring going for St. Louis, who scored four goals in the second period. Nashville tied the game at the end of regulation, but St. Louis won in a shootout, 5-4. Schwartz has 16 goals and 21 assists in 40 games this season.
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher scored a pair of goals in Thursday's loss to the Blues.
Insight: Fisher scored on the power play and shorthanded. James Neal tied the game for Nashville late in the third period, but St. Louis won in a shootout, 5-4. Fisher has 11 goals and 10 assists in 26 games this season.
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan scored a goal and an assist versus the Stars on Thursday.
Insight: Ryan helped Ottawa get back into the game as the Senators fell behind, 3-0. Ryan assisted Mika Zibanejab's goal and then added his own power-play goal to make the game, 3-2, at the end of the first period. Ottawa then tied it at the beginning of the third period, but Dallas scored again and then added two empty-net goals. Ryan has 13 goals and 22 assists in 44 games this season.
Description: What has gotten into Coyotes goalie Mike Smith?
Insight: OK, we shouldn't get too excited, but he has looked good in his last two games since the break. Smith posted a .929 save percentage on Tuesday and then allowed just one goal on 25 shots versus the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Unfortunately, Smith only won one of those games.
Description: Lightning center Cedric Paquette scored a hat trick versus the Red Wings on Thursday.
Insight: Paquette scored two goals in the first period and then added a short-handed goal in the second period for the hat trick. He isn't really fantasy relevant, though, as one-third of his goals this season came in this game.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is playing pretty well replacing the injured starter Sergei Bobrovsky in net.
Insight: McElhinney made 25 saves on Tuesday and another 28 saves on 31 shots Thursday. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets were able to score enough to win Thursday as Columbus lost, 3-2. McElhinney is 5-7-1 this season.
Description: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist in the, 5-2, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: Simmonds scored on the power play in the first period and then assisted Brayden Schenn's goal in the third period that extended the Philadelphia lead to, 4-2. Simmonds has 18 goals and 13 assists in 50 games this season.
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic had a goal and two assists versus the Islanders on Thursday.
Insight: Lucic had a great night assisting Reilly Smith and Torey Krug's goals and then capped off the night with an empty-net goal. Lucic was plus-three on the night. He has 10 goals and 18 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul is expected to be activate for Thursday's game.
Insight: Lupul has missed the last 11 games due to a lower body injury. He amassed nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in the first 26 games. He could play on a line with Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had a pair of goals versus Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Ovechkin has gotten the better of Sid the Kid twice this season as the Penguins have failed to score in two games versus Washington. Ovechkin was plus-one with five shots on net. He has 29 goals and 16 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby shut out the Penguins again on Wednesday.
Insight: Holtby and the Capitals have faced the Penguins twice this season and have shut them out both times, outscoring them 7-0. Holtby made 27 saves in the shutout and picked up his 23rd victory of the season.
Description: Kings forward Tyler Toffoli is listed as probable for Wednesday's game versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Toffoli has missed the last six games with mono. If he returns, he will skate next to Dwight King and Jeff Carter.
Toffoli has almost matched last season's totals in the first 41 games. He has 12 goals and 27 points against 12 goals and 29 points in 62 games last season.
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in the, 5-4, victory over Florida on Tuesday.
Insight: That was Zetterberg's 15th goal of the season. He also had 30 assists as he is just behind the ppg pace with 45 points in 48 games. Zetterberg scored 32 seconds into the second period on passes from Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov scored a goal and two assists versus the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Insight: Barkov has been very disappointing this season. Including Tuesday, Barkov has five goals and nine assists in 34 games. That's not cutting it for a guy who was supposed to be a fantasy sleeper heading into the season.
Description: Red Wings right winger Luke Glendening scored a pair of goals in what is the biggest scoring night of his young NHL career.
Insight: Glendening scored just one goal in 56 games last season and surpassed that total with two goals on Tuesday. Owners still shouldn't rush to the waiver wire to pick up Glendening, though, as he has just six goals and three assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin picked up a victory over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin made 28 saves and allowed just two goals as Carolina won, 4-2. Khudobin is just 6-8-2 this season but his other numbers, 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage are better than Cam Ward's totals. Therfore, if owners have to own a Hurricanes' netminder, it should be Khudobin.
Description: Lightning center Cedric Paquette scored a goal on Tuesday versus the Hurricanes.
Insight: It wasn't a very good night for the regular fantasy stars in Tampa Bay. Paquette was just one of three players with a plus-rating, and he had the highest rating at plus-two. Additionally, only two other skaters had more shots on net than Paquette on Tuesday. He had three shots. His performance, however, probably didn't help many fantasy owners.
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal had two assists in the victory over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Insight: Staal assisted his brother's goal 22 seconds into the game and then Justin Faulk's power-play goal in the second period. Staal has been disappointing as he missed a lot of time this season with injuries, but he has a goal and seven assists in 11 games.
Description: Penguins left wing David Perron continued his hot start in Pittsburgh, scoring a goal and an assist in the victory on Tuesday.
Insight: Perron has six goals and three assists in nine games with Pittsburgh. Before the trade, Perron had five goals in 38 games with Edmonton. It's safe to say he is fitting in nicely with the Penguins.
Description: Jets left winger Evander Kane had three assists versus the Penguins on Tuesday.
Insight: Unfortunately that wasn't enough as Winnipeg dropped its 14th straight in Pittsburgh. That streak goes all the way back to when the franchise was the Atlanta Thrashers. Kane has 10 goals and 12 assists in 34 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had a big night in his return on Tuesday, recording an assist on every single Pittsburgh goal.
Insight: Letang had five assists in Pittsburgh's, 5-3, victory over Winnipeg. Three of the assists came in the third period with two of them on the power play and the last one on an empty-net goal. Letang has nine goals and 28 assists in 41 games this season.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will return to the ice on Tuesday against the Jets.
Insight: Hornqvist missed nearly a month with a lower body injury. He will be a nice boost to the Penguins lineup that will be missing Evgeni Malkin for the first time this season. Hornqvist has 13 goals and 16 assists in 33 games this season.
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin will start on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin went into the break having allowed two or fewer goals in each of this last six starts. He has a 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage in 16 games this season. If owners need goalie help, Khudobin could provide some.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will not attend the All-Star Game due to a lower-body injury he suffered Wednesday night.
Insight: Bobrovsky doesn't have a timetable to return. It would have been cool to see Bobrovsky in front of the home crowd in Columbus for the All-Star game, but he really doesn't have All-Star worthy numbers. He is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will undergo further tests for a concussion according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The All-Star break has hit the Penguins at the right time as the team is on a four-game losing streak and superstars Letang and Evgeni Malkin both suffered injuries on Tuesday. Letang will likely not be available for Pittsburgh's first game back after the break.
Description: Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is unsure if Evgeni Malkin will return immediately after the All-Star break according to Bleacher Report. UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazett reports Malkin will not return immediately after the All-Star break. The team should have a better time frame by Monday.
Insight: This is an update from a note earlier. Malkin missed his first game of the season on Wednesday after suffering an undisclosed injury versus the Flyers on Tuesday. Malkin will not participate in All-Star weekend coming up and could be out longer.
Description: Blackhawks right winger Kris Versteeg could be sidelined longer than originally anticipated according to the Chicago Trbune.
Insight: Versteeg has been out since Jan. 1 with a hand injury. He was supposed to be out four weeks, but coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday that, "It's probably going to be a little bit more than that."
Description: Sharks center Logan Couture led San Jose passed Los Angeles, 4-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: Couture had two goals and an assist versus the Kings. He scored in the first period and assisted Patrick Marleau's power-play goal in the second period. Then in the third period, Couture scored an unassisted empty-netter. Couture has 18 goals and 24 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky really struggled on Wednesday.
Insight: Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 12 shots in about 28 minutes of ice time versus the Jets. Bobrovksy has been up-and-down this season but has been very disappointing overall. He is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in the victory over his former team on Wednesday.
Insight: Hossa only spent a few months in Pittsburgh, but the fans remember. Hossa did quiet the crowd at Consol Engery Center on Wednesday with an assist on David Rundblad's goal in the first period, and then Hossa scored a power-play goal in the second period. Chicago won in a shootout.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh rallied from down, 2-0, to tie the game and send it into overtime. Despite picking up another point, the Penguins really could have used the victory. Pittsburgh has lost four straight games, two of which were in overtime or in a shootout. Fleury is 22-9-5 with a 2.31 GAA and .921 save percentage.